Math Unit 1-2

How to help your child with math homework

We do not send home many math worksheets but ask parents to read the above documents which will help you find ways to integrate math authentically into your daily routine.
Ask questions to extend your child’s thinking. Here are some questions you might try. Notice that they require more of a response than just “yes” or “no.”
◆ What do you need to find out?
◆ What are you going to do first?
◆ How you are solving this problem?
◆ How did you get this answer?
◆ Why does your answer make sense?
◆ Can you explain that in a different way?
• Establish a quiet place to work (whether at home, in an afterschool program, or some other place) and a system for bringing homework back and forth to school.
• Certain materials, such as Primary Number Cards and game directions, will be used again and again throughout the year. Because they will be sent home only once, please help your child find a safe place to store their math materials—maybe in a math folder, an envelope, or a shoe box—so that he or she can easily locate and use them when needed. If your child regularly does homework in more than one place, we can talk about how to obtain the necessary materials for each place.-
• Children often use real objects to solve math problems. Please provide a collection (20–30) of small objects such as beans, buttons, or pennies for students to use at home. These can be stored in plastic bags or small containers and kept with other math materials.

First week

We did it!!!!!

This was such an amazing first week. I am so happy to see everyone getting along so well and helping each other.

Math

We played a few math games, one of which was roll and build. They had two dice and had to add up the number. Then on a sheet there was 12 boxes each with a different number. They would then add a tower to the block. It was great to see their enthusiasm and see them working together.

Readers Workshop

We talked about what good readers do this week. Our first goal was talking about predictions and what we think might be about when looking at the cover.

IPC

The kids loved watching their friends share their treasure box items. It really helped the to find common interests and were seen talking about those items later in the day.

 

Student Council

We are hoping to find one student to join student council. They meet each Friday during lunch recess to talk about issues at school. If you could talk to your child and see if they are interested. If they are please send me an email and will talk to them in school.

 

 

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Tips for reading with your child

(This has also been added to Readers’ Workshop post section at the top)

Throughout the year I will post a few updates about what you as parents can do to assist your child.

For the first few weeks our goal is to help them to love reading. We will be learning how to pick a “just right book” throughout the year, although sometimes they may still come home with books that are to hard for them (especially towards the beginning when any book is ok at the moment).

Here are some ideas of what you can do to help them at home. Some tips can be exchanged between each group but tried to organize them a little to help.

If they don’t know most the words
Read the pictures – have them describe in detail what is happening in the pictures and see if you can see any words that match (if there is a pizza in the picture look for that word)

We will start something called a picture walk soon which is where we go through the pictures and tell our own story.

Have them pick out words they do know such as simple sight words: a, the, at, home, etc.

Feel free to read the book along with them pointing to the words and maybe helping them sound out easy to read words.

If they know some words

Have the read the words they can and use strategies such as sounding it out, looking for word patterns, using the picture, etc. Whatever tools they are most comfortable with when coming upon a hard to read word. We will be going over new strategies throughout the year that will help them with this as well.

If they know all the words 

Encourage them to read the book once, and again to see if they notice anything different. Also ask questions listed below.

Additional skills/questions to ask them

Connect prior knowledge – Ask them what they already know about the subject before they open the book.

Make a prediction – Ask them what they think will happen next.

Connections – Ask them questions such as do you have any connections (Have you been to a park like that?)

Retelling – Have them retell important parts of the story

Characters – Have them describe or tell about the traits of characters in the story.

Reminders

A few reminders.

LABEL EVERYTHING!!! Please make sure that all of your chid’s belongings are labeled with their name in an easy to see spot, especially their school and gym clothes. We have a lot of kids changing at the same time and things get mixed up easily when they all look the same. Please double check that every item has their name on it.

Gym days – We just got an email from the gym teachers asking you to make sure to bring plenty of water (they also can fill up at school) and also a hat if they would like.

Please make sure they bring their homework bag everyday.

Homework calendar- They have reading everyday, I will try to have them write their book title, but some days may run out of time. Their job is color in or circle how they liked the book at the bottom.
If homework is written on a Tuesday, that means it is due Wednesday.